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Extremely Heavy Rains Forecast in Kerala, Red Alert in 6 Districts

Extremely heavy rains, over 204 mm rains in 24 hours, have been forecast, an IMD bulletin said.

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With the weather office predicting extremely heavy rains in the coming days for Kerala, a red alert has been issued in the state's six districts, including Idukki and Malappuram, from 18 July.

The red alert, denoting likelihood of very heavy to extremely heavy rain, has been issued in Idukki, Malappuram , Wayanad, Kannur, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts on different days from 18-20 July.

Extremely heavy rains, over 204 mm rains in 24 hours, have been forecast, an Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) bulletin said.

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The second spell of the South West Monsoon is starting Wednesday, 17 July, and there is a possibility of formation low pressure over the Bay of Bengal, Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) sources told PTI.

“Since there are possibilities of flooding and landslides, people have been asked to be extremely cautious and take necessary precaution to keep themselves safe.”
Pinarayi Vijayan, chief minister of Kerala

Officials have asked to open control rooms at taluk level.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea as strong winds from westerly direction and speed reaching 40-50 kmph is likely along and off the Kerala and Lakshadweep coasts.

The South West Monsoon had made its footfall in Kerala on 8 June, a week late, marking the official commencement of the four-month rainfall season in the country.

There has been a 46 percent deficiency of rainfall till 15 July.

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